Adam Paul Cordle, Viola
Violist Adam Paul Cordle has been featured as a soloist and chamber musician in venues and concert series throughout North America and Europe, including Carnegie Hall, Bath Spa University, Bloomsburg University, Gettysburg College, the Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra, Mansfield University, Marshall University, the Ossia New Music Collective, and the Rockwell Museum. He performs with Trio Alexander, a flute-viola-harp ensemble, and collaborates in duo partnerships with violinist Anyango Yarbo-Davenport, pianist Edith Widayani, and soprano Susan Hochmiller. Adam serves as principal violist of the Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra and as assistant principal violist of the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes.
Adam currently serves on the faculty at Gettysburg College, where he teaches string methods, string pedagogy, music theory, and music appreciation. He has previously served as teaching assistant to Phillip Ying at the Eastman School of Music and as an adjunct instructor at Bloomsburg University and Mount St. Mary’s University, where he taught violin and viola. Adam coordinates the chamber music program for the Messiah College Summer Orchestra Camp, where he has also served as instructor of viola and general musicianship. He is a registered instructor with the Suzuki Association of the Americas.
Adam's research examines the role of musical gesture in conceiving, interpreting, and perceiving performed music. His research focuses on the connection between the analysis and performance of musical gesture in Claude Debussy’s Sonata for Flute, Viola & Harp; he will present this research at Claude Debussy in 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland; he has previously presented research on the connection between analysis and physical gesture in Kaija Saariaho’s New Gates at the Performance Studies International Conference in 2016.
Adam actively promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion in music through research and programming. He has presented the works of Rebecca Clarke, Marcelle Soulage, Fernande Decruck, and his own arrangements of works by Lili and Nadia Boulanger. Trio Alexander will present his arrangement of Marcelle Soulage’s Légende this June at the American Viola Society Festival in Los Angeles, California.
Adam currently serves as a board member for the American Viola Society. He has previously served as president of the Eastman Viola Society and the Baldwin-Wallace chapter of the American String Teachers Association, and treasurer of the Ossia New Music collective. He currently directs If Music Be the Food… Gettysburg, a benefit concert series designed to support the hunger relief efforts by the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen.
Adam is a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Performance and Literature with minors in Music Theory and Pedagogy at the Eastman School of Music, where he also earned the Master of Music in Performance & Literature. He holds a Bachelor of Music from the Conservatory of Music at Baldwin-Wallace University.
"Trio Alexander is daring and unconventional"
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